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Lester Del Rey Books In Order

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Publication Order of Jim Stanley Books

Step to the Stars (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mission to the Moon (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moon of Mutiny (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Rocket Jockey (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marooned on Mars (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mysterious Planet (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Attack from Atlantis (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Preferred Risk (With: Frederik Pohl) (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nerves (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Badge of Infamy by Lester del Rey, Science Fiction, Adventure (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eleventh Commandment (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Outpost of Jupiter (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Runaway Robot (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tunnel Through Time (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cave of Spears (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scheme of Things (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The One-Eyed Man (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rocket From Infinity (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Siege Perilous (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prisoners of Space (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Infinite Worlds of Maybe (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man without a Planet (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pstalemate (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weeping May Tarry (With: Raymond F. Jones) (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rockets to Nowhere (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Police Your Planet (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Battle on Mercury (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Day of the Giants (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Pursuit (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let 'em Breathe Space! (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sky Is Falling (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Strings Attached (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Badge of Infamy (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Victory (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Ringer (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

...And Some Were Human (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robots and Changelings (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mortals and Monsters (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gods and Golems (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Early Del Rey (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Early Del Rey Vol 2 (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Lester del Rey (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
War and Space (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robots and Magic (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lester del Rey Collection (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The World of Science Fiction, 1926-1976: The History of a Subculture (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Star Science Fiction Books

with Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Jack Vance, Richard Matheson, Philip K. Dick, Jack Williamson
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 (By: Frederik Pohl) (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space(1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Science Fiction Stories 3(1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Novelets of Science Fiction(1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume II A(1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1974(1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Science Fiction Hall of Fame: The Novellas Book 1(1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fantastic World War II(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once Upon a Time(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Wild Little Weird Tales(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bonus Sci-Fi Anthology -- 12 Masterpieces From Golden Era(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ninth Science Fiction Megapack(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of this World Adventures, July 1950(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Science Fiction Gems, Volume Twelve(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Pioneers(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Cat Weekly #22(2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Cat Weekly #53(2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Lester Del Rey
Lester del Rey was an American bestselling sci-fi author. He is famous for his Del Rey Books. The American author also took part in the Winston Science Fiction series and the Ballantine books. Lester del Ray also wrote under different pseudonyms such as Philip St. John, Kenneth Wright, Eric Van Lihn, and Edson McCann. The author first published in 1951, and he continued writing and publishing his works late into the 1970s.

The Runaway Robot
The Runaway Robot documents Paul’s adventures in space. This story starts on planet Ganymede where Paul lives together with his family. When his father announces that the family is going back to Earth, Paul is happy. The joy is short-lived as Paul learns that he is supposed to leave his robot Rex behind. Paul4How does Paul leave the one companion he has known for sixteen years? Paul is determined to take Rex with him and comes with a solid plan on how he is going to make this possible. This marks the beginning of an adventure as Paul and Rex try to outsmart the forces that seem too determined to separate them.
After Paul’s father sells Rex to a farmer, the sixteen-year-old goes in search of his best friend. Rex is sad to lose his master as well, and the two are determined to find each other, whatever the cost. Rex is going to get into trouble at some point, and Paul will have to ruffle a few feathers to get his way. All in all, the two are united in the end, albeit with a good dose of breathtaking adventures. The robot that once labeled mad transforms into an extraordinary one in the end. How will Rex and Paul safely get back to earth and reunite with their family? Will Paul be in a position to protect Rex from those looking to destroy him?

Told from Rex’s point of view, this is a great sci-fi book for children. First published in 1965, it is incredible how much this story appeals to the current generation. While the storyline is quite simple, the book comes without the fluff, and there are some excellent lessons for young minds as well. Read about a robot who wants so much to be human. What Rex doesn’t realize is that he is as close to human as possible. The robot has deep feelings for his friend, and the whining when things do not go his way is human. Here is also a chance to read about another planet

If you are looking for a science fiction book that will entertain and mentally challenge your child, The Runaway Robot is ideal. The book is also perfect for adults looking to reconnect with their inner child. It is safe to say that this is a coming of age story for Paul while Rex is welcomed into consciousness. Rex is a great narrator, and some parts of the story will leave you in stitches. The relationship between the two friends is sweet, and it helps that this story comes without the weirdness found is some books in this category.

Nerves is a science fiction story that features Jorgenson, a crew chief in an atomic plant. The congressional committee of the atomic plant-based in Kimberly makes a surprise inspection that creates a lot of tension in the plant. Even Old Doc Ferrell cannot enjoy his day off with family. Allan Paul, the Atomic Plant’s manager, wants all his best men present during the inspection, and Ferrell has to give up his day off and handle the suits. The manager wants everything to go well if only to stop the talks about moving the plant to a remote location.

While there have been a few accidents by midday, the giant nuclear converters are doing fine. Well, this is before the fourth converter fails, and the walls of the reactor caves in. At the time of the accident, Jorgenson and his crew are in the process of running an unstable isotope. The fusion process suddenly goes out of control. It is no secret that the disaster that could arise from this accident can destroy millions of lives. Now the plant management must move quickly to contain the situation; otherwise, the side effects will be devastating.

Jorgenson is the only man with the know-how on how to stop the reactor. Unfortunately, Jorgenson is stuck inside the reactor, and there is no way he can communicate with the rest of his team. How can millions of lives be saved when the only person who can do this is unreachable? Palmer launches a rescue mission, and several attempts later, Jorgenson is removed from the converter chamber wreckage. He is taken to the infirmary where the doctor tries to bring him back by performing heart massage. When this fails, the doctor tries an unorthodox solution. Will the doctor be able to bring Jorgenson back to life?
Nerves try to explain the effects of radiation exposure to the human body while outlining the cleanup process that follows after the accident. The writing is quite descriptive, drawing the reader into the hypothetical situation that the author creates. Even the treatment offered to Jorgenson is almost believable. The plot is relatively thick, but it helps that this is a short book that can be enjoyed in one sitting. All the characters play their role well, and the author has done a great job of maintaining the suspense to the end.

This is a captivating emergency thriller set in a time when people enjoy atomic cars, and videophone lines controlled by humans are the order of the day. It is refreshing that the author chooses the right way of dealing with an accident that puts the lives of millions in danger. The pace throughout this story is excellent, and the characters are just right for a science-fiction novel. Once again, the author shows his prowess in creating almost believable stories. Pick this book is you are looking for a short but intriguing science-fiction book.

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2 Responses to “Lester Del Rey”

  1. Sandra Berlinger: 2 years ago

    I just finished a book called “knight of the Demon Queen” by Barbara Hambly. It leaves off at a cliff hanger. Is there a sequel? If so, what?


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